Madhya Pradesh blast toll 88, gelatin stored in house could be reason

Police said gelatin sticks kept in the house of one Rajendra Kumar Kaswa exploded but it was not clear whether he had the licence to store them there.

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Updated: September 13, 2015 8:43 am
mp gas blast, MP Gas explosion, mp blast, mp news, mp cylinder blast, mp cylinder explosion, latest news, india news, madhya pradesh news, MP Blast: People stand near the site of an explosion in Jhabua district at Madhya Pradesh, India, September 12, 2015. At least 60 people were killed in the town in central India on Saturday when a cooking gas cylinder blew up in a restaurant and set fire to explosives stored nearby, police said. REUTERS/Stringer

At least 88 people were killed and another 70 injured when mining gelatin stored in a house near a busy bus stand in Petlawad town of Jhabua district exploded Saturday morning.

The toll is likely to rise as some of the injured are in critical condition. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has ordered a judicial inquiry into the incident.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted he had discussed the post-blast situation with Chouhan who would be going to the spot Sunday.


Police initially thought that a cooking gas cylinder in a restaurant exploded and set off a second blast in an adjoining house where gelatin had been stored. But a top official of Indian Oil Corporation said the distributor had issued only a single cylinder to the restaurant and it was found intact in pictures taken after the explosion.

Police later said gelatin sticks kept in the house of one Rajendra Kumar Kaswa exploded, killing most of its occupants and those in the vicinity.

Jhabua : Crowds near a collapsed restaurant where a cooking gas cylinder exploded in Petlawad town in Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh on Saturday. (Source: PTI) Jhabua : Crowds near a collapsed restaurant where a cooking gas cylinder exploded in Petlawad town in Jhabua district of Madhya Pradesh on Saturday. (Source: PTI)

According to police, Kaswa had a licence to deal in explosives. What no official was was able to explain why were mining explosives stored in such a busy area of town.

Eyewitnesses said the force of the explosion was so high that people were tossed in the air.

DGP Surendra Singh said the police were treating the incident as an accident. Ruling out foul play, he dismissed rumours that the explosion was the handiwork of SIMI activists.

In New Delhi, Sharad Kumar, Director General of National Investigation Agency, said an NIA team had left for Jhabua to gather information on the explosion.

“We are awaiting a report from our team that has gone to the site, as it will give a clearer picture on the cause of the explosion,” another NIA official said.

Chief Medical and Health Officer Arun Sharma said post-mortem examination of 60 bodies had been conducted by afternoon. Late in the night, the government said 76 bodies had been identified. Most of the dead were men.

Additional SP Seema Alawa said the dead included employees of the restaurant, customers who were having breakfast there, occupants of the house and passersby.

The intensity of the explosion was so high that it left nearby houses and shops damaged. The injured were rushed to hospitals in Ratlam, Indore and Jhabua. Rescue work continued till late in the evening because authorities suspected some people could be buried under the debris. Home Minister Babulal Gaur flew to the spot along with Chief Secretary Anthony d’ Sa and other bureaucrats.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressed grief over the incident and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of the dead and Rs 50,000 for those injured.

Local residents alleged that they had recently complained to the sub-divisional magistrate when they came to know that explosives had been stored in the residential locality but the administration did not act.

While police officers maintained that the house owner had a licence, they could not say whether he had permission to store them in his house.

A district administration officer said several detonators were found when JCB machines flattened the damaged structures.

Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Arun Yadav alleged that the trader to whom the gelatin sticks belonged was a member of the ruling BJP’s traders cell. A probe into the incident is underway.

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  1. M
    Sep 12, 2015 at 4:20 pm
    More than 110 are dead ! Why our government is hiding facts ??
    1. R
      Rafi khan
      Sep 12, 2015 at 11:46 am
      Saddened about the loss of lives. My condolences with the families of the deceased.
      1. H
        Sep 12, 2015 at 3:32 pm
        Where is the fool namely "islamforfools" ?
        1. V
          Virendra Sason
          Sep 12, 2015 at 6:16 pm
          Detonator and gelatin is licensed under explosive act 1984. Who kept else where? Who is responsible for it?
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            Ameer Paul
            Sep 14, 2015 at 1:58 am
            stani ISI, Hafiz Saeed, Zaki Ur Rahman Lakhvi are involved in the blast, RIGHT? CH0TYA MMOOTTHHEERR FFUUCCKKEERR Indian Hindus.
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              Ashok Chauhan
              Sep 12, 2015 at 4:38 pm
              Agencies shud let the truth come out. How is it possible to have a lisenced explosive storage in highly poted area? The culprits has to be hanged till death for this violation.
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                ASHOK KUMAR
                Sep 12, 2015 at 9:36 pm
                Modiji, mining detonators were found to have exploded stacked in neighbourhood. This is more serious than Vyapam scam. Is it an example of good governance.
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                  Guru Pada
                  Sep 12, 2015 at 5:12 pm
                  I'm also extremely pained to know about the ghastly incident. Happy that no terrorists organisations are named yet. May god bless our country.
                  1. M
                    Sep 12, 2015 at 5:30 pm
                    It is so tragedy to hear and experince in our heart. May God give condolence to the lost and injured families.
                    1. I
                      Irfan Iftekhar
                      Sep 13, 2015 at 2:40 am
                      Why the government is not telling the truth, it is not just a gas cylinder burst, but much much more. Let us know the truth please
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                        George Cruz
                        Sep 12, 2015 at 10:16 pm
                        Are there markings of terror??? Probably. Are there signs of neglect by the authority when the local residents complained regarding the illegal storage of explosives in this facility and no actions were taken ???? A definite yes.
                        1. D
                          Sep 13, 2015 at 12:57 am
                          This is direct result of the corrupted life style in that country. Corruption and deceiving is at every level of elected officials and Government whether it is local, state or national and same could be said about their Justice system all the way to their Supreme court. No to mention the arrogance...They think they know every thing and the rest of the World is stupid.
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                            Ramachandran. K.K
                            Sep 12, 2015 at 8:54 pm
                            Very pathetic and storage permissions for such explosives should have been avoided near thickly poted area.
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                              Krishnaswamy Swamy
                              Sep 12, 2015 at 4:49 pm
                              It is shameful that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and MP Home Minister Babulal Gaur are coolly telling this to be a blast of LPG cylinders and avoiding and covering up the fact of illegal storage of several gelatin sticks.
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                                L bhadrapati Devi
                                Sep 12, 2015 at 9:10 pm
                                I believe that the storage of explosive materials may be without license because they have to fulfill all the regulated safety criteria. It is not possible to give license to storage house in the crowded places. Moreover, detonators and gelatin stick should be kept apart as per manuals.
                                1. C
                                  Nov 6, 2015 at 5:23 pm
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                                  1. M
                                    Mallikarjun Iyyer
                                    Sep 12, 2015 at 4:14 pm
                                    unfortunate! But govt should investigate y were explosive and gelatines needed in the nearby storehouse.
                                    1. M
                                      Sep 12, 2015 at 6:25 pm
                                      I feel this is terror attack. Something to do with Mumbai train blasts conviction?
                                      1. N
                                        Nishesh Jain
                                        Sep 13, 2015 at 11:02 am
                                        Another cover-up operation by the Masters of Vyapam? come with Truth Mr.Gaur and his team of bureaucrats.
                                        1. A
                                          anti rape
                                          Sep 12, 2015 at 5:47 pm
                                          There should be capital punishment (Hanged till death) for this crime, because, a girl can not come out of this shock, for w life, then why, man should be left after 3 years, we have lot of hope from Modi Ji, to get this law changed, but VOTE power always plays, regards
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                                            Petri Mölsä
                                            Sep 12, 2015 at 11:06 pm
                                            Explosion again and devastation all over the globe, why? This is one of the harbingers of something more severe to occur. People are too in a hurry to realize the world is cursed and to listen to the voice of God�s last Prophet, Teacher Evangelista to end these deadly accidents, expanding wars, and natural disasters. The next accident will occur for sure and only the certain location is unknown. People cannot see or have no courage to yet realize there is a common denominator enveloping all these horrible disasters. Picture it: The Year of Shemitah is about to end in September the 28, also the fourth Blood Moon in a row during 2014 and 2015 is visible Jerum on that day. Shemitah is every seventh year and commanded by God to people of Israel to have a year of Sabbath, Total Rest to the land and forgiving the debts. It was not followed by early Israelites and they got punished. Now the w world is put to this critical point of God�s anger and humanity will be facing deadly events and devastation, “Therefore wait for me," declares the LORD, "for the day I will stand up to testify. I have decided to emble the nations, to gather the kingdoms and to pour out my wrath on them-- all my fierce anger. The w world will be consumed by the fire of my jealous anger.” Zephaniah 3:8 “The w world will be consumed by the fire” – This is happening right now with expanding wars and natural calamities and soon occurring Killer Mega Earthquake and Asteroid impact if do not turn to God. This is because we worship wrong god (Jesus) and God warned us. “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse— the blessing if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the Lord your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods, which you have not known.” Deuteronomy 11:26-28 How can we be sure this curse is upon us due to wrong worship? "If you do not carefully follow all the words of this law, which are written in this book, and do not revere this glorious and awesome name—the Lord your God— the Lord will send fearful plagues on you and your descendants, harsh and prolonged disasters, and severe and lingering illnesses. He will bring on you all the diseases of Egypt that you dreaded, and they will cling to you. The Lord will also bring on you every kind of sickness and disaster not recorded in this Book of the Law until you are destro." Deuteronomy 28:58-61 This is happening in our time! We have undergone many kinds of diseases, wars, violence, catastrophes in nature, traffic, and economy and the worst is yet to come. Revelations of God�s last prophet Teacher Maestro Evangelista of or and about the coming Mega Catastrophic Events
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